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Cranberry Sauce

Nov 21, 14 Cranberry Sauce

By Kelly Bogard

Well, Thursday is the day. And I’m planning a big feast. For the last several years, D and I have hosted both of our families for Thanksgiving. That means in just six days, there could be more than 30 hungry people in our house.

And each one of them is full of opinions, especially when it comes to cranberry sauce.

Some prefer fresh. Some prefer canned.

It was always an afterthought for me. Something I would do at the last minute. But boy was I wrong.

We have to have both on the table or people will actually stay home.

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What’s the price of your Thanksgiving menu?

Nov 18, 14 What’s the price of your Thanksgiving menu?

By Julie Tomascik

Grocery lists are made, family members have their food assignments and the carving knife is sharp.

I can almost smell the turkey baking in the oven and the gravy simmering on the stove.

That means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And shoppers are flooding grocery stores to prep for the holiday feast.

What’s the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving dinner?

Surprisingly, prices are more affordable than last year.

Texas Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving Meal Report shows savings are on the menu this year with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people ringing in at $46.79.

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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Nov 14, 14 Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

By Kelly Bogard

There are some recipes you know by heart. Such is the case with many of my family’s recipes. There are staples at our Thanksgiving feast each year and many follow the “you just know” recipe style.

When I asked my sweet momma for this week’s recipe, she told me those exact words. So I’m going to try my best to break it down so you can know, too.



For Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole, you will need…Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
2 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 8-oz. jar cheese sauce
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can of water
instant rice
salt and pepper to taste

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How saucy are you?

Nov 11, 14 How saucy are you?

By Julie Tomascik

Sweet, spicy, tangy, a hint of tomato or a touch of vinegar.

It’s the Lone Star State and we like our choices of sauce. Or no sauce at all.

But, no matter our preferences, we can all agree barbecue is a part of Texas culture.

The charred edges of a piece of brisket, the smoky flavor and the tender, juicy bites are part of a sacred ritual Texans know and love. After all, barbecue is served at nearly every event in the state.

So, when I joined the married club last Saturday, we served barbecue at our wedding reception.

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Back to Basics: Cornbread Dressing

Nov 07, 14 Back to Basics: Cornbread Dressing

By Kelly Bogard

What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Maybe it was getting to help make the pies with Grandma or carving the turkey for the first time. Or it might be sneaking a bite of dressing right after it came out of the oven. Did you notice these things revolve around food?

The true meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for the year’s successes and blessings. This, of course, is done through and with food. So for the entire month of November, I am going to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes as a way to show my thanks to all of you.

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Digesting nutrition label data

Nov 04, 14 Digesting nutrition label data

By Jessica Domel

Before you down that creamer-laden cup of joe or bottle of soda this morning, consider what you’d be willing to endure later to enjoy that tasty beverage now. Would you be willing to run for almost an hour for just 20 ounces of soda?

Honestly, I wouldn’t. It doesn’t seem like a fair trade-off.

But that’s life.

Almost a year ago, someone in our office put up signs in our dining area letting our employees know just how many calories are in the creamers we use and the sodas we down without thought. Like many people, I looked over it thoughtfully and then filled my cup with Dr Pepper and went back to work.

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